Friday, 30 March 2007

Anna Banana

Logan wanted me to introduce Anna Banana to all of you.

I bought this crazy toy at Zellers the other day and she has quickly become Logan's favourite. I think in the last few days, there has been more slobber on poor Anna than on any of us parent-type people.

I swear this thing is a helper in A.D.D. It has so much stuff on it! It makes a bird noise, it makes a papery noise, it has mirrors, beads, rubber grippy hands, and a happy face that you can hide with it's banana peels. Sheesh. Anna is a high luxury toy if I ever saw one.

Logan says, "Welcome to the family Anna Banana!" He also says that he would gladly accept Ozzie Orange and Andy Apple into the family too! :D

Sunday, 25 March 2007

Dr. Phil Inspiration?

Logan has his naps in the afternoon on weekdays at around 2:00 or so and sleeps until his daddy gets home at 3:30. The best way to get him to sleep long and peacefully is to "sleep" beside him on our huge king-sized bed.

I usually turn on my Soap (General Hospital) and watch that during his afternoon nap. General Hospital is over at 3:00 and that's when Dr. Phil comes on. Rather than getting up and disturbing Logan, and possibly cutting his nap short, I lay still and watch until he wakes up on his own. Usually I don't watch all that carefully or put much stock in anything said on that program.

There was one day last week, however, where Dr. Phil got me thinking. He asked an innocent enough question, but it was actually surprisingly difficult to answer. He asked: "Can you name the 5 people outside of your family who have changed your life?"

So I've decided to take a whack at this question below:

1) Terry - the obvious answer. Terry is my soul mate. He is the father of my child, so technically he's family now. He completes my life and makes me happy.

2) Chelsea - she has been my best friend since I was 9 years old. She now holds the reigning title of "my longest relationship outside of my family." In 21 years, how could she have not shaped the person I am today?

3) Larry - he was my boss when I worked at the dry cleaners. He threatened to fire me if I didn't quit and go to university. He was one of the major advocates for my talent in my life. I probably would not have moved to Winnipeg (and not met Terry) if it weren't for him.

4) Mr. Atkinson - my grade 5 teacher. All my friends were terrified about being in his class, which made me equally so. He turned out to be the best teacher I ever had. He started the process of bringing a shy girl out of her shell. And he did it by recognizing my strengths and not picking on me.

5) A tie: Dr. Tam and Dr. Schneider. One a cardiologist, one an obstetrician. Both responsible for keeping me alive, so that I could, in turn, keep Logan alive. My life, and the life of the single most important person in my life, are a direct result of their expert care.

Now, since I didn't actually watch the end of that Dr. Phil episode, I'm not really sure what I was supposed to do with this information. Logan woke up before an explanation was offered. But it was an interesting and difficult exercise that I challenge my readers to try sometime.

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Finally... Megadeth Pictures

Terry is a super sleuth on the Internet and found pictures from the Megadeth show. Yay!

Monday, 19 March 2007


When Terry and I heard that Megadeth was coming to Winnipeg, there was no question that we would go. Even if we now need to find a babysitter to do so. So, last night, that's what we did. We got Logan's godparents Josh and Melanie to watch our little dude and we set out to the show. I thank them so much for sharing their time with Logan. They are wonderful babysitters.

It was the Heaven and Hell Tour 2007. Heaven and Hell being Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio singing for those who don't know (I didn't). Opening for them were Down and Megadeth.

Down was playing when we got there. Phil had cancelled the Edmonton, Calgary and Regina shows before this one due to "strep" throat. Actually, this time I believe him. His voice was more raspy than usual. But have no worries, the Winnipeg fans knew just how to fix him up. By the end of his set, there were so many joints on the stage that Phil was actually throwing some of them back into the crowd. Of course, he pocketed a few of the choice ones to treat his throat later. Phil is one crazy, entertaining, fucked up, mic stand losing, freaky, disaster whom I love.

Next came Megadeth. Those who know me know that Megadeth is my favorite band. And Dave Mustaine did not disappoint.

When we were purchasing tickets, we decided not to get the ones on the floor because I'm too short to see anything. We got our tickets at the pre-sale, so we were just a few feet from the stage. Dave played Sleepwalker (A song from their new CD coming out in May) first and it sounded awesome. It just went uphill from that already high point. My back, neck and throat were in pain by the end. It was totally worth it though. Maybe I shoulda hit Phil up for a "throat" remedy.

Anyway, Megadeth rules the planet and I pledge allegiance to them until the end of time.

And lastly was Heaven and Hell. I admit, I'm not really a fan of Dio Sabbath but I gave it a chance. For such a small dude, Dio can really fill the space. He's got crazy stage presence and a huge voice.

Unfortunately, I was distracted by the two goofs in front of me. The couple came in late and proceeded to harrass the kid in front of them. The kid was rocking out and having a great time. But these two were intent on ruining his fun. They kept asking him to sit down because they were too lazy to get off their asses and stand up (who the fuck sits down at a metal show?) The kid ended up leaving and these two seemed content with themselves. Terry and I almost moved in front of them and rocked out because we wouldn't have been intimidated by these assholes. That poor kid. He was just trying to enjoy a metal show that he paid money to see. And it was all ruined by a couple that would have been more comfortable at the Christina Aguilara/Pussycat Dolls show the night before.

The pictures are of Dio, the crowd, Terry and me after the show and our little metal kid asleep when we got home.

What a night!


Wednesday, 14 March 2007

The Beginning...

It all started in April of 2001 in a basement on Pembina Highway in Winnipeg. Terry and I (Tawny) had been dating awhile. Our friends decided that we needed to get together one last time before we all went our separate ways for the summer like many university students do.

Chad suggested we go to a pool hall that he knew of to play satellite trivia. Good plan!

So Terry, Chad, Doug, Rejean and I got on a bus in search for Boss Q's on Pembina Highway (it's in the basement of a hotel). We found a table and began to indulge in many spirits. This was the state the waitress found us in when she dropped off our trivia remotes.

These fancy remote things prompted us to enter our "Team" name. Chad, being
slightly tipsy and nerdy all at the same time entered "CMOS" in for his name. Ask him about it. He was terribly amused with himself about it. Something about computers/weather systems... sheesh.

Anyway, Terry and I were equally amused with ourselves. We proudly entered in "Team T."

Well, our trivia game didn't go so well, but Team T has lasted.

Five years later takes us to 2006. Team T is pregnant!

The challenge of choosing a name was before us. We knew the baby was a boy, so our name search was narrowed down. We wanted to con
tinue Team T. We tried out every name that started with "T" that we could think of and none of them worked.

"Logan" was our favorite name and the one that stuck. But now we were faced with an addition to Team T that didn't fit the pattern.

Thus, "Team T-Lo" was born!

Stay tuned to this blog for further adventures of Team T-Lo